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Please enjoy our blog. We will be updating this blog periodically with stories, tips, fun facts, and photos from real weddings of couples from Boston, the South Shore, Cape Cod, all of Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to see the Canoe Club Ballroom in person, please set up a private tour.

Wednesday, October 26 2016

5 Things To Do Right After You Get Engaged

It happened! You are officially ENGAGED! Now what? Here are the top 5 things to do right after you get engaged!!

Tell People
Time to shout it from the roof tops and make it Facebook official! Start posting all those ring selfies, and celebrate with close friends and family!

Start Dreaming about your Wedding
You may have had an idea of what you wanted before your engagement. Now it’s time to narrow your focus for what you really want for the big day! Pick your top three must-haves and then go from there.

Set Budget
Time for the budget talk! Now that you have a more fine-tuned idea of what you two are looking for, and keeping your top three must -haves in mind. Figure out what will work best for the two of you, and start saving those pennies! 

Guest List
I suggest putting a VIP list together, all the nearest and dearest people who have been there for you two will be on this list. If you two both have large guests list, keep in mind this may affect your budget.

Chose Venue & Set Date
Finally, as you begin the search for the perfect venue. It’s so important to look at all the venues you two are interested in, and try to meet the people who will be part of the planning process as well as day of duties. Once you chose the venue, book a date that is perfect for the two of you! 

Don't forget to call the Canoe Club Ballroom for a Tour & Bridal Appointment! 



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Wednesday, October 19 2016
Autumn in New England

Autumn in New England is one of the most magical times of year. It ushers in comfortable sunny days and cool crisp nights. Our waterfront view of the Nunckatessett River is a beautiful back drop to many courtyard ceremonies. As the leaves change here on the South Shore we would like to share with you some fun ways to incorporate all that fall has to offer!

Using a color pallette of jewel tones and pastels is a gorgeous option, try maroon & dusty blue or plum & soft pink!

Metallics are great to use as neutrals, use gold or copper to add a little shimmer to your décor!

Pumpkins are in abundance this time of year in New England, you can use them for centerpieces or use small ones as favors! 

Add a bit whimsy to your cake and incorporate fall fruit!

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Wednesday, October 12 2016
DIY Wedding Signs

DIY decor is a great way to add a personalized touch to your décor on your special day. Weddings signs are a fun, friendly reminder for your guests. They can be informative, decorative and a conversation starter. Be sure your text is clear and the design compliments your wedding style.    

With our venue being in such a natural setting with classic elegance located on the South Shore of Massachusetts, we have seen many great DIY wedding signs over the years.  Everything from rustic, to beachy, to fairy tale inspired! Here are some fun DIY wedding sign ideas to think about when planning the big day!     

Chalkboard Sign
A fun way to say what your signature drink is, or perhaps an amazing hashtag! 

Chair Sign
A unique way to distinguish the bride and groom and add a little fun to the newlywed’s chairs. 

Banner Sign
A perfect way to greet guests, or you could use it as a prop in a photo, and use it for Thank You cards.

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Wednesday, October 05 2016
Wedding Exits

With over 50 years of experience hosting weddings on the South Shore. We have seen some wonderful wedding exits here at the CCB. As for an example, years ago we had hot air balloon exit that was truly incredible!  Amazing photo ops aside, the wedding exit is an age-old wedding tradition dating back to Roman times. Today there are many ways to make your exit truly memorable.


Sparklers & Lanterns
A sparkler exit is super romantic, add a wish lantern to the sendoff into the night for even more good luck.


Silk ribbons and wedding bells tied on the end of dowel rods make for a brilliant exit tunnel.


Bubbles are a cheerful addition to a ceremony or reception exit. Personalize your mini wedding bubbles and they'll act as a favor!

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Wednesday, October 05 2016
How to choose your wedding dress!!!

Here at the Canoe Club Ballroom we will be sharing with you a few things to keep in mind when looking for a wedding gown.

Silhouette (Gown Shape)
When choosing the style of the gown, you have many options when it comes to silhouettes.  Whether you choose a classic A-line or a sultry mermaid, make sure to try on different styles. Many brides are surprised when they like the fit of a gown they never might have tried on otherwise.

The classic strapless gown will never go out of style because it flatters every neckline. You can always add a strap of lace or even look for something that has an sheer neckline. The possibilities are endless.

The fabric of your gown is just as important when choosing your prefect dress and it helps set the tone of how formal of a look you are trying to accomplish. Also, you want to keep the time of year in mind.  For instance, an organza gown will have a light delicate feel possibly for a summer event, whereas satin might be a perfect fabric for the cooler months.

Designers have many different colors to choose from aside from the traditional white. Ivory might be a nice choice since it compliments many skin tones. Don’t forget many brides are even incorporating subtle colors like blush and soft dusty blue.

Length of Gown
Most of the time bridal shops will offer full length gowns, but more and more, brides are choosing to do an ankle length or tea length. There are even little white dresses out there to choose from!








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